Beyond Homelessness: Christian Faith in a Culture of Displacement

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jun 3, 2008 - Religion - 361 pages

This book goes far beyond covering the subject of homelessness as the social problem we all recognize in our cities. Mass emigrations, displaced families, and human alienation from the earth all mark our times. In critiquing contemporary North American culture, Steven Bouma-Prediger and Brian Walsh discuss various forms of homelessness -- socioeconomic, ecological, and psycho-spiritual -- and creatively show how biblical attentiveness and Christian faith can heal the profound dislocations in our society.

Ending each of their chapters with a moving biblical meditation, the authors also interact throughout with characters and themes from current literature and popular culture -- from Salman Rushdie to Barbara Kingsolver, from the Wizard of Oz to Bruce Cockburn.

 

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Contents

Theres No Place Like Home
1
A Culture of Displacement Amnesia and Homelessness
7
Which Memories What Home?
12
Biblical Homecoming
14
Kenneth and Kenny Again
28
biblical interlude
29
The Meaning of Home
38
Categories of Displacement
41
Why Ecological Homelessness? A Sociocultural Analysis
169
The Earth as Oikos
184
biblical interlude
190
Shalom and the Character of Earthkeeping
196
The Biblical Vision of Shalom
199
The Virtues of Shalom
208
Practices of Earthkeepers
224
Christians as Aching Visionaries
227

The Problem of Boundaries
46
The Necessity of Boundaries
51
A Phenomenology of Home
56
The Ambivalence of Home
66
biblical interlude
68
Socioeconomic Homelessness
76
The Streetcar Sped Away
77
Nobodys Child
79
A Socioethical Crisis
82
Why Socioeconomic Homelessness? A Structural Analysis
92
A Socioethical Crisis Revisited
104
Emancipate Yourselves from Mental Slavery
111
biblical interlude
113
From Housing to Homemaking
121
The Shape of Worldviews
125
Houses and Homes
136
Housing for Homemaking
139
Economics for Homemaking
141
Rights Public Policy and the Church
145
More than Bricks and Mortar
151
biblical interlude
153
Ecological Homelessness
158
The Plight of Planet Earth
162
biblical interlude
230
Postmodern Homelessness
239
Double Homesickness Over the Rainbow
242
Homeless Home Constructors
246
Homelessness Migrancy and the Tourist Self
249
On the Road to Nowhere
254
Postmodern Migrants or Homeless Consumers?
260
biblical interlude
264
The Indwelling God and the Sojourning Community
271
The God of Love and Creation as Other
274
The God of Grace and Creation as Gift
285
The God of Goodness and Creation as Good
289
ChristFollowers as Sojourners
294
Homeward Bound
303
biblical interlude
305
Redemptive Homecoming
313
Hope Home and Imagination
315
The Homemaking Father
320
Bibliography
328
Author Index
347
Subject Index
351
Scripture Index
359
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Brian J. Walsh is a campus minister at the University of Toronto, and adjunct professor of theology of culture at Wycliffe College.

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